This is the best book I have bought on lace knitting, just beating Victorian Lace Today, but only just, and that is because most of its charts are large enough to read without having to enlarge them. This is the first time I have been able to get to grips with using a chart and this has made me willing to try them elsewhere.
Whilst Victorian Lace today has lots of designs all worked out for you, Heirloom Knitting as well as having a few of those also has a lot of patterns for centres, edgings, and borders for shetland lace shawls that you can use in designs of your own, in fact there is a section on design in the book.
There is also a how to section at the beginning about the things you need to know to get started. The book is more suited to someone who can knit as it is really a collection of shetland lace knitting patterns, but the author has a grading system on the patterns, which may prove helpful to less experienced knitters.
I am at present knitting a stole using an outer lace pattern from Victorian Lace Today with a pattern from Heirloom Knitting as its centre and can't wait to finish it and see it after blocking, the yarn I am using is 70% baby alpaca 20% silk and 10% cashmere from Fyberspates as I thought these patterns deserved a beautiful yarn.